The onset of spring is just another great excuse to adjust your health and fitness routine. Here are some fresh ideas to help you make the most of spring.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), buying seasonal produce supports local economies as well as offers more nutritious produce. Buying locally can also help reduce the pollution and energy use associated from transporting, storing and refrigerating food.
To support your local suppliers, look for produce markets in your area and try some new recipes with seasonal produce like strawberries, peas, green beans, asparagus and garlic.
The fresh spring air is best enjoyed outdoors. And it turns out, embracing nature can also be good for our health. Japanese researchers suggest that spending time outdoors in nature can decrease blood pressure and sympathetic nervous activity, enhance immune functions and relieve stress. So encourage a group of friends to hike a local trail, or take the kids on a bike ride by the lake.
Prepare your allergies
Spring clean your health with a check-up at your local GP and stock up on natural products that will help decrease the severity of hayfever and allergies. Anecdotal evidence and a pilot study by Finnish researchers suggest consuming locally produced honey may help control the symptoms of some types of allergies.
Switch up your routine
Changing your fitness routine can boost your motivation and help you stay on track to achieve your goals. Why not buy some new work-out clothes to get in the mood and try a new activity like tennis lessons or boot camp to really challenge your fitness.
Remember to play
Play is defined as ‘time spent without purpose’ and it’s vital for problem solving, creativity and relationships. According to the editor of the American Journal of Play, Scott G Eberle, Ph.D., we don’t lose the need for novelty and pleasure as we grow up. Whether it’s reading, learning a new language or joining a team sport, make time to play with a new hobby or activity that keeps your brain active and gives you a boost of happiness.
Are you going to spring clean your health and fitness routine? What changes do you have planned?